SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at the importance of buying some extra AR-15 lower receivers.
Top Five Guns to Buy Before a Potential Ban: 2021 Edition
Reader Paul D. sent us this insightful Iraq Veteran 8888 video: Top 5 Guns to Buy Before a Potential Ban: 2021 Edition. JWR’s Comment: Their advice parallels the advice on buying AR-15 lower receivers that I’ve been giving repeatedly since 2005. Stack them deep. (Oh, and you should obtain them as private party purchases, if you can–even if it means paying twice as much.)
The Democrats Are Pursuing a Palpatine Strategy
“The Democratic Party is like a Trojan Horse for the far Left. Palpatine is a cover for Darth Sidious. Joe Biden has the avuncular façade of a forgetful grandpa, but he is allowing a radical, globalist, anti-American agenda to metastasize.
The Democratic Party used to be the party of the working class. It used to be the party for everyday Americans. There are still millions of Americans who vote for the Democrats because of this heritage. But now, the Democratic Party has been captured by billionaire tech and finance titans, pro-LGBTQ, anti-Christian, pro-illegal alien and anti-U.S. wage earner, pro-critical theory, and anti-traditional American values, pro-globalist and anti-nationalist special interest groups.”
NBC Mask-Shames a Florida Grocery Store
40-Year-Old Mountain House Meal Taste Test
Video from the good folks at Simple Living Alaska: 40-Year-Old Mountain House Meal Taste Test.
Amazon Crackdown on RF Devices – Ham Radio
Tim J. sent this video commentary from a “Yes, sir”–toe-the-line ham: Amazon Crackdown on RF Devices – Ham Radio. JWR says: “I told you so — at least for you Baofeng UV5rs.”
12 Years Living Off-Grid on a Sustainable Homestead
12 Years Living Off-Grid on a Sustainable Homestead in a Self-Built Cob Home. JWR’s Comments: Yes, they’re in the Birkenstock/Man Bun/Gluten-Free Granola crowd, but there are definitely some DIY and frugality lessons here.
In England: A Family Preparing to Fail
Our own Pat Cascio forwarded this: We’re ‘collapsologists’ living off the land in case civilisation crumbles – Covid proves we’re right to be prepared. JWR’s Comments: This article is written in The Sun‘s typical sensationalistic style, but it does includes a few useful nuggets.
Some Important Insulin Refrigeration Info for Diabetics
Reader C.B. spotted this over at Medical Xpress: Study shows a vial of insulin can be stored for 4 weeks after opening at up to 37C without losing efficacy
Matt Bracken on the Risks of Gun Registration
Tim J. pointed me to a great piece that was written for American Partisan by former Navy SEAL and novelist Matt Bracken: So what’s the matter with gun registration? Everything! Here is an excerpt:
“In the Turkish case, only a small clique understood the true purpose behind the gun registration and gun control laws of 1911. If average Turks thought about the gun laws at all, they probably believed they would actually lead to greater public safety, as advertised. That was also generally the case with the Russians, Germans, Chinese, Cambodians, Guatemalans, Rwandans, and all the rest who were required to register or even turn in their firearms for “public safety,” and who accepted the demand at face value as a “reasonable” gun control measure, to their later regret.
American liberals who would like to see the Second Amendment torn out of the Constitution as a problematic relic of a bygone era generally do not know—or pretend not to know—this well-established historical pattern. But American Constitutionalists, who are more often than not students of history, understand the scheme very well.
So, directly behind the insane faces of contemporary villains like Loughner, Holmes and Lanza, we see the smirking faces of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, tyrants who did not murder individual victims by the fives and tens, but entire populations by the fives and tens of millions. And in every case, these national genocides were preceded by gun confiscation that was made possible by national firearms registration laws sold to a gullible population in the name of ‘public safety.'”
B. of A. Secretly Handed Customer Data to the FBI
Interview: We are Living in the Age of Deception and Betrayal
A Recent Audio Interview: We are Living in the Age of Deception and Betrayal — Jim Rawles interviewed by Dunagan Kaiser.